GT Zaskar 29er Hardtail

DESCRIPTION

Love 'em or loathe 'em. 29" wheels are here to stay. The benefits of larger-diameter wheels - increased momentum and improved traction - on endurance mountain bikes are compelling enough to have built a loyalist following amongst trail riders across the globe; GT is committed to providing these riders with bikes they want by providing a 29" option for each bike in the Endurance line up.

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[Mar 19, 2014]
Bryon
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

light weight for price point, awesome specs for price point, very agile for a 29er at this pricepoint

Weakness:

not thru axles so flexy front and rear. rear tire rubs rear derailer mount on down tube when too much load is applied to rear and this usually happens on bumpy climbs when seated (switching to 1x10 will eliminate this).

This is my second GT and I only have 3 rides on it totaling around 5hrs ride time so my opinion may be premature under strength and weakness. May follow this up in a month or two with a new rating/review.

Similar Products Used:

SIMILAR BIKES OWNED:2010 rockhopper comp Single Speed, 2011 Giant Anthem 29er, 2014 Access Stealth Trail 29er (lame)
OTHER BIKES I OWN OR HAVE OWNED: 2007 gt idrive, 2007 fisher hifi delux, 2009 spesh fsr xc pro, 2011 giant trance x2

[Mar 06, 2014]
Dave
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Components, weight, value

Weakness:

Brakes, rims, tires

I challenge you to find a better value for the money. I purchased a 2013 model with Egg Beaters out the door for $2800 at Performance. XT drivetrain, Fox Float 32, Crank Brothers post and handlebars, Fizik, and Easton. Smokin' deal. The only thing that comes close in a carbon hardtail is the Giant XTC Composite 1. I despise the SRAM, Avid, Rock Shox garbage so if you're talking Shimano quality, this bike cannot be beat. Formula brakes are a bit squishy so a servicing should do the trick. Easton rims are bit heavy for the weight weenies and I'm just not a big Maxxis guy. Otherwise, this ride is the real deal

[Sep 04, 2013]
Lolo

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Forgiving, light and nice components.

Weakness:

No stickler weakness I can complain about.

I've been riding mountain bikes for 3-4 years. I've logged about 3100 miles on this bike on blue and red trails. I've started to learn jumping on it too. Not too keen on that, yet, so, can't judge how well it jumps compared to other bikes, but it seems to take it well enough.

Could probably make tight turns better at high speed. I find going for the brakes on tight turns at times or maybe it's my riding that needs some work - maybe(I'm not the racing type, though sometimes forget that I'm not). Anyway, I've had this bike for about three years and it still looks new despite a few crashes. Gt did great work on the finish. No noticeable scratches though my pedals have dents and dings on them.

Can't say I'd buy another one, although I can definitely say, I'm happy with this one.

[Aug 26, 2012]
leoferus
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Tank like construction. Great all around capabilities.

Weakness:

Probably a personal preference thing; the handlebar had too much flex.

What can I say about the GT Zaskar 9er Expert? I love it. It's simple, it's not the best. It's just great. It is not the lightest but it can be ridden all day.

The thing about this bike is that it, for whatever reason, makes you want to ride, ride, and ride some more. The components on the expert are well picked. I've experienced no problems with them after one year of riding. I've put about 1,000 miles on it without a hitch. This, of course, is not counting the crashes.

The design compromises excellence in many areas so that it can be great in many. If you are an avid rider that doesn't make excuses the Zaskar will not disappoint. It doesn't turn as sharply as a Flash or a Stumpjumper, for example. However, it does hold a line beautifully. While not as nimble as other platforms it is extremely forgiving. I can't exactly explain it. You must ride it to understand.

I've raced with this bike through one season and I was pleased. It finished every race and even saw me to one podium finish. Although I will be replacing this machine with a carbon Cdale Flash, I will not be releasing it from the stable. Whenever I want to go out onto new trails this is the bike I will choose. It's like a swiss army knife.

[Jul 30, 2012]
zaskcarb

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Looks awesome in raw carbon (2011)
Fanatastic groupset especially SRAM X0/X9
Fox Float Shock and Formula R1X brakes

Weakness:

Grips are rubbish change them
Seatpost doesn't accomodate larger seat rails 8mm etc

I bought this 2011 model earlier this year and have already put 1600 mls as I use it as a daily ride over the past 4 months

I've only done a few trails and have been very impressed with its ability especially changing gears, braking and of course front end grip. The Formula brakes do get noisy after a while so you need to sand the disc from time to time but are sensational in feel and power.

The only problems I've encountered is that the GT wing grips are rubbish as mine worked themselves loose after only 2 trail rides trash them immediately I've since replaced mine with Ritchey double locking foam grips.

The other problem was the WTB seat which popped off during a race and have now replaced it with a Ritchey Carbon Streem and a Thomson Elite seatpost as the CBrothers 3 doesn't allow thicker rails when upgrading.

All said the bike is fantastic and have no regrets purchasing highly recommended I look forward to many more runs this Spring/Summer.

[Jul 04, 2012]
SCOTT VOTH
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Super stiff where needed, paint job is awesome and has held up well. Climbs like a billy goat. Changed the grips as the white GT grips looked good but not grippy enough. Solis wheel set great for training, switch to Stan's Crest for racing. Also switched tires to racing ralphs.

Weakness:

Grips, DT wheels heavy

Best bike I have ever purchased

Similar Products Used:

Kona Leroi, Motobecane Team , Niner EMD

[Jun 05, 2012]
CCTrog

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fox Fork, XT Components, Frame Quality and stand over clearance.

Weakness:

Heavy Tires and initial setup

I purchased this bike from Nashbar on an killer sale. Dollar for dollar this is an excellent bike but needs upgrades; especially the wheels. It comes with riser bars, fairly heavy wheels and tires, and as someone else says is kinda setup enduro. This is truly a race hardtail. 29er wheel weight is critical and this bike was slow with the heavy Kenda Nevagal tires. I put a carbon flat bar on it, Sun Ringle Black Flag Pro 29er wheelset (excellent wheels) and Maxis Ikon Tires setup tubeless. This totally transformed the bike to be quick and agile. The bike feels light, is quick, its solid with no noticeable flex and has excellent downhill stability. This is a good bike to race as long as the trails don't get too technically rough and rocky. The Fox fork RL is smooth (although it lacks adequate compression damping adjustment) and the XT components work very well; especially the brakes. I use the stock XT wheelset for a backup set and use them on a particularly rocky area located near me called Red Hills.. I also switched the rear cassette from a 32 max gear to a 34 and changed the saddle to a WTB seat which fits my buns. I like the bike; it climbs very well, it handles switchbacks well, and has excellent top tube clearance for my short body. It is my go to bike on fast flowing trails and for the limited racing I do.

[Apr 20, 2012]
Tarsey Anastos

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Shimano XT drivetrain and FOX fork. Responsive solid ride!

Weakness:

Wish the rims were tubeless.

First 29er I ever had. Spent the last 10+ years on various full suspension bikes and don't miss them one bit. The larger wheels take care of a lot of stuff the trails through at you. Not sure if it this bike or just being back on a hard tail again but it feels super connected to the trail. This bike has a solid feel that does't mind being shown the rougher side of ride. Stiff ride but not too bad. Very confident this bike can take what I through at it.

[Apr 15, 2012]
Ezer Taganayon

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

stiff frame,triple triangle design,stiff rear triangle,short tapered head tube,72 head tube angle.Price.

Weakness:

only one color available,.noisy Formula RX brakes,X7 shifters.would prefer bb30 than gxp

after riding on my 26er mtb for six years and after riding with my zaskar 29er,no chance that i will go back to a 26er.The Zarkar 9r carbon is very fast on trails and acceleration.Lots of grips thanks to the 29 inch tires.

[Mar 08, 2012]
psyclist
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light and tough
Great vibration damping
Stiff in all the right places
Great climber
Great component kit

Weakness:

Gel coat quite fragile and easily scratched
Wheelset seems a bit overbuilt for this type of bike
OE tyres a bit on the sketchy side
Ridiculous girly white grips
Would have liked to see a BB30 intreatd of the outboard bearings

This is one great bike. It is smooth and certain in its handling and typically for a 29er rolls over the rough stuff beautifully. Tapered headset and 12mm through axle on the front give incredible stiffness. BB is plenty stiff but would have liked to see a BB30 at this level. Rear dropouts are great and have the ability to be changed out or modified.

Wheelset is on the heavy side but I guess it is bombproof..but hey..this is a XC bike so why would you put an all mountain wheelset on it, or if it is an all mountain set why wold you fit the light MaxxisAspen tyres?.

Component mix otherwise is excellent. I have no experience with the Formula R1X but they are powerful enough and have great feel... they tend not to lock up.
Shimano XT 2 by 10 is great! you can use every gear combination. might be a bit tough for less strong riders..but they are not likely to buy this baby are they!

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